# Thursday, October 08, 2015

We were recently lucky enough to have very cheap tickets for Lego Land so took our two children for the day. At aged 3 and 2 I must admit I was not really expecting there to be much for them to do, although having researched before hand I could see there was a number of age appropriate rides which raised my expectations.

On reaching Lego Land it was immediately apparent that the day was going to be filled mainly with queues, something my small children have little patience for. Every ride had a queue of at least 30 minutes, something that would work with older children but best avoided with the under 5’s. We headed for the adventure playgrounds which were very good and spent some time on a few of the rides aimed at very small children, a helicopter ride and a little train, plus the carousel. In all for the entire day we managed 3 rides, the adventure playgrounds and a buffet lunch which was included with the tickets we had.

The children really enjoyed themselves although were disappointed to see rides they couldn’t go on due to the queues. Personally I would not pay the exorbitant ticket price of more than £200 a family for this day out but for the £20 we spent on tickets it was a an ok day out. I would, however, have been disappointed to have paid the full price and only managed to go on 3 rides for my money. The concept of Lego Land is good but in practice it is overcrowded and overpriced, a better day out could be had elsewhere for half the money.

posted on Thursday, October 08, 2015 12:04:26 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 28, 2015


We eat a lot of chicken and this is one of the nicest ways to cook it. A simple marinade of crushed garlic, lemon juice and herbs. Roasted in the oven for a couple of hours it really is lovely.

posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 3:37:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 23, 2015


photo3This makes a really good mid-week meal and is enough to feed the family for 2 days. I cooked the pasta then made a basic white sauce. Added half a block of blue cheese into the sauce. Chopped up a pepper and some broccoli. Put it into the dish and stirred in the sauce. Topped with a little more blue cheese. It takes about 35 minutes to bake in the oven. Not only do I like the fact that its quick and cheap to make its also a very good way of getting my son to eat vegetables.

posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:29:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 04, 2015


This is probably one of the nicest things I have made recently and also one of the easiest. I roasted the cherry tomatoes in the oven drizzled in a little olive oil for about 20 minutes. Then made a risotto by frying a little butter and onion with the rice before adding in about half a pint of chicken stock and a cup of nice white wine. The tomatoes and a handful of fresh coriander were stirred in at the last minute.

posted on Thursday, June 04, 2015 10:33:18 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 21, 2015

Its asparagus season again and the third year since we planted ours in the garden. The harvest is small but every few days we have a handful of asparagus spears ready to eat. They are so good they need little done to them, so we have been lightly steaming them or eating them topped with a poached egg. They really are something special.

posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:23:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 05, 2015

bread hogs

These bread hogs came from a recipe in the Peppa Pig magazine. We will certainly make them again as the children really enjoyed making the hedgehog shapes and sticking on the eyes. I must admit they look better than they taste but they provided a few hours of playtime.

posted on Thursday, March 05, 2015 1:53:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 27, 2015


Back on to pipe cleaners, we tried our hand at a few snakes. I think they worked out quite well.

posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 2:03:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Left over chicken sandwich

Another cheap meal made from the remains of a roast chicken, grilled red peppers and plenty of crunchy salad in a crusty roll.

posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 8:58:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback